Unpredictable, brutal and unforgiving. When BMX racing bites, it bites hard and round four of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup did just that to the Aussies in Zolder, Belgium overnight. Rio Olympian Bodi Turner…
Unpredictable, brutal and unforgiving. When BMX racing bites, it bites hard and round four of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup did just that to the Aussies in Zolder, Belgium overnight.
Rio Olympian Bodi Turner highlighted the racing for Australia, collecting 10th place, while fellow Olympian Anthony Dean finished 16th courtesy of a DNF, both riders were bailed out of the competition in the semi final round.
Dean’s DNF came after he aborted his semi final following a foiled run for position up the first straight, while elsewhere it was a battering day for the Aussies.
Western Australia’s Lauren Reynolds suffered a crash in her 1/8th final, dashing her hopes of a third consecutive final after she placed fourth in round three of the world cup a day prior. Fellow rider Leanna Curtis also hit the deck as she made an audacious bid to make up positions in her quarterfinal.
However the most spectacular tumble came courtesy of Australian elite men’s champion Kai Sakakibara, who came a cropper on the first jump and went somersaulting through the air.
Fortunately Sakakibara escaped with just a handful of stitches. Fellow Australian rider Jye Hombsch also failed to finish the very same race.
Despite the results sheet looking unfavourably on the Aussies, BMX Australia Academy Coach Luke Madill said the riders should take positives away from the event.
“Our guys actually rode quite strongly, despite what the results say,” Madill said.
“The track this weekend has been tight, and a fair few riders came unstuck. Our riders reported that they were frustrated in the corners, and that they were getting a fair bit of chatter through those sections.
“There’s no denying it’s been disappointing, but we can see potential and go away knowing that for a lot of riders, it was just a place of wrong place at the wrong time for the Aussies.”
Final results saw Turner in 10th, Dean 16th, Curtis the top placed Aussie female in 20th, Reynolds finished 36th. Meanwhile Sakakibara and Hombsch scored 94th and 95th respectively.
However there was a handful of solid midfield for the Aussie men in the 178 rider strong field. Corey Frieswyk finished 39th, Brandon Te Hiko 41st, Andrew Hughes 42nd, Joshua McLean 53rd. Queensland’s Tristyn Kronk was 70th, as South Australian Shane Rosa finished 100th.
The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup now goes on hiatus until the middle of September, when the final two rounds of the series take place in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
The next major international event will be the UCI BMX World Cup in Rock Hill, USA from July 25-29, where more than 150 Aussies are expected to race.